Sony Computer Entertainment Europea Ltd v European Union Intellectual Property Office

European Union – Trade marks. The contested decision made by the Fifth Board of Appeal of the European Union Intellectual Property Office did not make it possible to determine with sufficient clarity, the reasons why the Board had taken the view that Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd had not proven genuine use of the trade mark 'Vita' for the various types of goods at issue. Accordingly, the General Court of the European Union held that the Board had infringed its obligation to state reasons as set out in art 75 of Council Regulation (EC) No 207/2009. Consequently, the Board's decision was annulled.

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